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Already Problematic Nashville Bishop Makes Explicit Sex-Ed Mandatory in Schools September 22, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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Pretty much just a link and a copy paste job, but look how he uses the very disconcerting new sex-ed standards Francis pushed last summer to justify his assault on the innocence of the children in his charge.  Innocence is infinitely precious – once lost, it can never be regained.  Anything that shatters the innocence of a child is gravely offensive to the moral order and should be fought tooth and nail.  Parents have objected vociferously, but the bad bishop has basically told them to stuff it.

Look folks, while a bare handful of exceptions exist, if you want your child to keep the Faith for their entire life, Catholic schools are the last place you want to send them.  Even 40 years ago Bishop Sheen declared that Catholic schools were the worst places to send your kids if you wanted them to grow up to be pious, devout, observant souls.  I mean, if you’re going to instill a different religion, you kind of have to seize control of the education system at the start, haven’t you?  And nothing insures indifference in religion than deep attachment to the sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments, which are what prompted Luther’s original revolt, after all.  If you want someone to have a lifelong attachment to vice, it’s best to get at them when they’re young, no?

Bishop Choby has always been a disastrously liberal prelate.  Misery loves company.  Capiche?

A U.S. Catholic bishop has explicitly refused to allow parents to opt their kids out of a diocesan-run school’s sex-ed program deemed by parents to be “erotic” and “salacious,” calling the program a “legitimate requirement” for graduation.

Instead of listening to the parents’ concerns, the bishop has cited the Vatican’s newly minted and problematic sex-ed curriculum as a way to evaluate the school’s program.

In a letter dated September 2, Bishop David Choby of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, told parents opposing the sex-ed program that while he “wholeheartedly support[s]” their right as “primary educator,” nevertheless, when they send their children to school, they no longer exercise that right when it comes to school “requirements.”………..

……….The “Human Sexuality” course taught as part of the Father Ryan High School’s theology course offers graphic images and erotic sexual details concerning male and female body parts, including highlighting the pleasure points of the male and female reproductive organs and describing the lengths of an “aroused” clitoris and penis. Students learn 10 different forms of contraception. An outline of the course’s problematic content as well as a link to the program can be found in LifeSiteNews’ previous coverage here[On the basis of the promotion of contraception use alone, the course is contrary to the Doctrine of the Faith.  There is no need to discuss different types of contraception unless there is a desire for people to avail themselves of them. To oppose contraception, you don’t need to discuss the different types, especially not in a class taught to teens who are still children]

Parents say the course could be spiritually harmful to their children, calling it a “near occasion of sin.” [Could be?  It sounds like a certainty to me] James Bowman, whose stepdaughter [umm…] attends the school, has joined a coalition of parents opposing the program, telling LifeSiteNews that some of the material present in the sex-ed gives too much detail for so young an audience……….

………..Canon law expert Fr. Gerald Murray told LifeSiteNews in an earlier report on the matter that “any sex education program that is not in accord with the convictions of a child’s parents cannot be made mandatory without violating ‘the right and duty’ of the parents to control what their children are taught in this delicate and sensitive matter.”

Canon lawyer Philip Gray, president of the St. Joseph Foundation, also told LifeSiteNews in a previous report on the matter that competent authorities are “not in line with Church teaching” when they refuse to allow parents to opt their kids out of school programs that parents find objectionable.

Rather than listening to the serious objections to the sex-ed course raised by the parents, Bishop Choby in his letter instead pointed to the Vatican’s recently released sex-ed program, telling parents that it shall be used as an “instrument to evaluate” the school’s own course.

Hichborn noticed the implications of the bishop’s reference to the Vatican sex-ed in relation to parental rights.

It seems that the publication of the Vatican’s new sex education is emboldening a radical departure from traditional means of educating children where parents played the part of primary educator. It appears that the Vatican sex ed is now being used to trump those rights,” he said. [Different religion, anyone?]

The Vatican sex ed, released in July during World Youth day in Poland, has been criticized by international life and family organizations and leaders for being contrary to previous Church teaching, for subverting parents, and for corrupting children…….

……….Bishop Choby concluded his letter by chastising the parents for raising their concerns and gaining “notoriety,” stating that it puts their children attending the school in an “awkward position.”

“Students, I am sure, will or have already seen news stories on television and the Internet about all of this. They will undoubtedly make the connection and conclude who among them is at the heart of this controversy. That will be unfortunate,” he wrote. [What is he, a mafioso?  He’s pretty much saying, it’ll be a shame if something happens to the children of you rabble-rousing parents. Sheesh.]

The bishop suggested that parents standing up for their rights could have the “unintended consequences” of compromising the “spiritual, academic, and social formation” of their children in the school. He also suggested that if parents could not agree to let their children take the sex-ed course that they could choose to opt out of the school. [SAVE YOUR MONEY.  Homeschool.  If 100 kids dropped out over this policy tomorrow, I can guarantee there would be major panic and he would fold.  But few, it seems, have the gumption for such bold action in today’s Church.]

Hichborn called the bishop’s closing words to the parents “disturbing.”

“He suggests that the parents will be to blame for causing difficulties for their children by fighting against the school’s mandatory sex-ed program when, in fact, it is quite the opposite: It is the school backed by the bishop which is forcing parents to either violate their consciences or to leave the school. The parents are not being the bullies here.”

The revolutionaries in the Church have always been the bullies, since they seized power in a bloodless coup 50 years ago.  No one is more enamored of his power, more willing to use it, nor more annoyed at having in questioned, than a progressive churchman.  Having encountered more than a few of these guys, they are all the same: bullies.  But like a lot of bullies they are not nearly so strong or powerful as they like to pretend.  They’re rather like cheap Chinese vases, one good blow will cause them to shatter.

Well, I guess I’ll go home and look forward to another evening’s entertainment of rioting and looting.

How much do you want to bet that both the Black Lives Matter’s movement, and all these riots and uprisings, will come to a screeching halt the day after the election.  Like the “war on women” in 2012, this has always had the smell of a demonrat electoral tactic.

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Saint John Vianney on Finding Sanctity in our Daily Crosses September 22, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, mortification, reading, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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A couple of excerpts from The Sermons of the Cure of Ars, on how to practice sanctity on a daily basis, and finding joy in suffering.  There was a time when at least observant Catholics would have no compunction at crossing themselves in public, or stopping what they were doing to pray when the Angelus bell was run.  I can’t imagine how beautiful it would be to live in a place that is sufficiently Catholic and devoted, to have towns built within earshot of a church, and to have everyone stop and pray at the appropriate times.  I don’t know if that was ever much the case in this country, being so spread out and with huge intermixed populations (maybe in the old Irish and Italian ghettos?), but it was in Europe and other places.

I think there is a lot of good in these excerpts.  I have people ask me frequently how they can witness to the Faith.  One simple way is to say grace in public before meals.  Another is to go around always praying when not doing something that really preoccupies you.  I have a Rosary in my hand much of the time in public.

Before beginning your work, my dear brethren, never fail to make the Sign of the Cross.  Do not imitate those people without religion who dare not to do this because they are in company.  Offer quite simply all your difficulties to God and renew from time to time this offering, for by that means you will have the happiness of drawing down the blessing of Heaven on yourself and on all you do.  Just think, my dear brethren, how many acts of virtue you can practice by behaving in this way, without making any change in what you are actually doing.  If you work with the object of pleasing God and obeying His Commandments, which order you to earn your bread by the sweat of your brow, that is an act of obedience. If you want to expiate your sins, you are making an act of penance.  If you want to obtain some Grace for yourself or for others, it is an act of hope and of charity. [These last two sentences are such incredibly beautiful thoughts. Do not overlook the good that you do in you pious hopes and devout aspirations!] Oh, how we could merit Heaven every day, by dear brethren, by doing just our ordinary duties, but by doing them for God and the salvation of our souls!  Who stops you, when you hear the chimes striking, from thinking on the shortness of time and of saying in your minds: “Time passes and death comes closer.  I am hastening towards eternity.  Am I really ready to appear before the tribunal of God?  Am I not in a state of sin?”………

…….The Saints, my dear brethren, all loved the Cross and found in it their strength and their consolation.

But, you will say to me, is it necessary, then, always to have something to suffer?……….Now sickness or poverty, or again, scandal or calumny, or possibly the loss of money or an infirmity?

Have you been calumniated, dear friends?  Have you been loaded with insults?  Have you been wronged?  So much the better!  That is a good sign; do not worry; you are on the road that leads to Heaven.  Do you know when you ought to be really upset?  I do not know if you understand it, but it should be precisely for the opposite reason – when you have nothing to endure, when everyone esteems and respects you.  Then you should feel envious of those who have the happiness of passing their lives in suffering, or contempt, or poverty.  Are you forgetting, then, that at your Baptism you accepted the Cross, which  you must never abandon until death, and that it is the key that you will use to open the door of Heaven?  Are you forgetting the words of our Savior: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.”  Not for a day, not for a week, not for a year, but all our lives.  The Saints had a great fear of passing any time without suffering, for they looked upon it as time lost.  According to St. Teresa, man is only in this world to suffer, and when he ceases to suffer, he should cease to live.  St. John of the Cross asks God, with tears, to give him the grace to suffer more as a reward for all his labors.  

What should we conclude, my dear children, from all that?  Just this: Let us make a resolution to have a great respect for all the crosses, which are blessed, and which represent to us in a small way all that our God suffered for us.  Let us recall that from the Cross flow all the graces that are bestowed upon us and that as a consequence, a cross which is blessed is a source of blessings, that we should often make the Sign of the Cross on ourselves and always with great respect, and, finally, that our houses should never remain without this symbol of salvation.

Fill your children, my dear brethren, with the greatest respect for the Cross, and always have a blessed cross on  yourselves; it will protect you against the devil, from the vengeance of Heaven, and from all danger.  This is what I desire for you.

———–End Quote———–

The Catholic embrace of suffering has always been one of the aspects of the Faith that has most scandalized, even enraged, the world.  Worldly people cannot comprehend what good there could be in joyfully willed suffering. As so much of Western society has become so rich, so addled with constant comfort, so used to having every whim satisfied at the flip of a switch, the notion of desiring suffering has gone from being alien and strange to perverse and offensive.  Just the other day, I saw an evangelical protestant “Catholic outreach” site that used images of pious souls doing things like processing on their knees or wearing a cilice as a demonstration of the perversity of the Catholic Faith.  After all, protestant divines have declared that faith alone is necessary for salvation, even if James ii:24 and Matthew xxv:31-46 totally contradict this.

Unfortunately, protestantism told the world exactly what it wanted to hear: salvation without works, Heaven without suffering!  No wonder it has proven such a persistent heresy (in its always metastasizing forms).

But I’m wandering a bit from the purpose of the post.  I pray you found it edifying.

Most Convincing Ad For Trump I’ve Seen Yet September 22, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, disaster, foolishness, Revolution, scandals, self-serving, Society.
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I guess we can write off all those “Robert Downey Jr. is a secret Catholic/conservative” memes now:

Of course, Hollywood has never, ever before pretended that failure to vote for their preferred left-wing candidate would result in national disaster:

So couple the first few seconds of this one (don’t recommend going beyond about 20 seconds, because gratuitous, lazy use of vulgar language ensues):

With this:

And basically the same message was conveyed in 2008.  Vote for Obama or America dies.

I think more and more people, however, have had more than enough of being told what to do by high school drop outs with beautiful faces who can read a teleprompter (marginally well).  A lot of Trump’s rise, for good or ill, has to do with telling off this segment of the population, which is why their endorsement this time is all the more desperate and apocalyptic-sounding.  If Trump wins, it’s a massive shot at their credibility.  They are not the only ones, however.

For someone like me, who choked on Hollywood’s smug superiority and sneering condescension about age 19, the more they freak out, the more the BLM types and all the other leftist’s, genuine and otherwise, lose their minds over Trump’s rise, the more I think…….maybe there is something to this guy.  I am far from alone.

Or, if brevity is the soul of wit, I could simply say to Downey Jr and the others……….your ad is your failure.  There’s no better ad for Trump than these sorts of messages.

Liberals Clutch Pearls at Thought of “Super-Gun Owners” September 22, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, family, firearms, fun, General Catholic, manhood, secularism, silliness, Society.
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I’d like to own a super gun. Isn’t that what got Dr. Gerald Bull killed by the Mossad, building the Baghdad Gun for Saddam Hussein?

Seriously, gun control advocates are now collectively hyperventilating – we are supposed to believe – over the fact that, it turns out, a relatively few people own an awful lot of guns.  Even more shockingly, a fair number of those are women.  Don’t these women know it’s their job to be helpless victims, after which they can be “empowered” by raging feminists demanding vengeance for their brutal rape-murders by getting federally-mandated child care?

Americans own an estimated 265m guns [I had read several places it was more like 350 million?], more than one gun for every American adult, according to the most definitive portrait of US gun ownership in two decades. But the new survey estimates that 133m of these guns are concentrated in the hands of just 3% of American adults – a group of super-owners who have amassed an average of 17 guns each[Oh goodness, how terrible, head for the hills, we must have a federal gun ban!  Actually, any serious hunter could easily run into that number of guns and not have anything but bolt actions and pump or single-action shotguns.  4 or 5 bird guns, maybe a turkey gun, one or two each for deer, varmints, elk, bear/moose, a revolver or two, and you’re at 17 quickly with just a hunting hobby.  These numbers are meant to scare, but don’t mean anything.  Also, I’m again saddened to learn I’m way, way below average.  If only I had the money to buy another 5 guns and come up to spec……hint hint] 

The unpublished Harvard/Northeastern survey result summary, obtained exclusively by the Guardian and the Trace, estimates that America’s gun stock has increased by 70m guns since 1994. At the same time, the percentage of Americans who own guns decreased slightly from 25% to 22%.[Do you think fewer Americans own guns now than before?  The biggest decrease seems to be among young men, fewer than ever seem interested in owning guns.  Of course, fewer than ever also seem interested in having a job, getting a married, raising a family, or doing anything other than playing video games, watching porn, and wasting time on 4Chan in mom and dad’s basement. Kidding aside (or was I?), the steady transition of populations from rural to urban tends to explain a lot of the overarching firearms ownership trends]

While there are an estimated 55 million American gun owners, most own an average of just three firearms, and nearly half own just one or two, according to the survey results. [Truth be told, before Obama came along, I only owned 3 guns. Now I have lots more]

Then there are America’s gun super-owners – an estimated 7.7 million Americans who own between eight and 140 guns. [Yay, I’m a super-owner!] 

This kind of concentrated ownership isn’t unique to guns, firearms researchers noted. Marketing experts suggest that the most devoted 20% consumers will typically account for 80% of a product’s sales.

You know what they really wanted to say…….You filthy mouth breathing bitter clingers.  Don’t you know NO ONE needs 8 or 11 or 27 or 55 of 112 guns?!?  How dear you invade nice liberal dreams at night with the knowledge that people like you, people different from us, exist!  Just crawl under a rock and die, Trumpistas.

Turning the snark around, perhaps they could fix this horrible awful gun inequality by getting the federal government to “even the playing field” by distributing a hundred million or so firearms to the “underserved” public?

Can you spot the reasons this guy is my (secular) hero of the week?

Sergeant Brian D. Richardson, a 29-year-old crew chief for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Leesburg, Fla., fires a 7.62mm GAU-17/A weapon system at enemy targets from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during live-fire training as part of Exercise Koolendong 13 here, Sept. 2. Three Venom helicopters and four MV-22 Osprey aircraft are operating from an expeditionary airfield 300 miles inland, supporting the battalion-sized element conducting the exercise. Koolendong demonstrates the operational reach of the 31st MEU and why it is the force of choice for the Asia-Pacific region. Also participating in the exercise is the Marine Rotational Force - Darwin and soldiers of the 5th Royal Australian Army. The 31st MEU brings what it needs to sustain itself to accomplish the mission or to pave the way for follow-on forces. The size and composition of the 31st MEU makes it well suited for amphibious operations, which includes raids, assaults, evacuations and humanitarian assistance operations.

Sergeant Brian D. Richardson, a 29-year-old crew chief for Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and a native of Leesburg, Fla., fires a 7.62mm GAU-17/A weapon system at enemy targets from a UH-1Y Venom helicopter during live-fire training as part of Exercise Koolendong 13 here, Sept. 2. Also participating in the exercise is the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and soldiers of the 5th Royal Australian Army. The 31st MEU brings what it needs to sustain itself CHECK FRONT LEFT POCKET Dang right he brings what he needs to sustain himself.  You probably can’t find a good snuff in Australia!

All real men……..all. real. men.